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The Uncommon Reader - Alan Bennett
The Uncommon Reader
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3.83 565
A deliciously funny novella that celebrates the pleasure of reading. When the Queen in pursuit of her wandering corgis stumbles upon a mobile library she feels duty bound to borrow a book. Aided by Norman, a young man from the palace kitchen who frequents the library, Bennett describes the... show more
A deliciously funny novella that celebrates the pleasure of reading. When the Queen in pursuit of her wandering corgis stumbles upon a mobile library she feels duty bound to borrow a book. Aided by Norman, a young man from the palace kitchen who frequents the library, Bennett describes the Queen's transformation as she discovers the liberating pleasures of the written word. With the poignant and mischievous wit of "The History Boys," England's best loved author revels in the power of literature to change even the most uncommon reader's life.
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Format: hardcover
ISBN: 9780374280963 (0374280967)
Publisher: Farrar, Straus and Giroux
Pages no: 120
Edition language: English
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Murder by Death
Murder by Death rated it
4.5 The Uncommon Reader
A short novella on the joys, growth and enlightenment reading can bring, even to the most enlightened, at any time in life. It's also an accurate portrayal of the consuming obsession reading can become (truth, as we all well know). Layered atop this testimony of the power of the word is another...
markk
markk rated it
5.0 A delightful meditation on the value of reading
This was an absolutely delightful meditation on the value of reading. The idea of the Queen becoming a voracious reader was inspired, as was Bennett's description of how her staff responds to this dismaying development. But how he used the premise to comment on what makes reading worthwhile is the r...
This little library of mine
This little library of mine rated it
4.5 The uncommon reader
Quick read, very entertaining.
Gatta ci cova
Gatta ci cova rated it
3.0
Un mercoledì qualunque, la regina s’imbatte nella biblioteca circolante e inizia la grande trasformazione.Sua maestà scopre il piacere di leggere, e la lettura sovverte ogni regola.Si sa: i libri aprono porte imprevedibili, producono pensieri o pensieri inimmaginabili, accendono idee inaudite, scuot...
JackieLoz
JackieLoz rated it
3.0 The Uncommon Reader
A travelling library makes its weekly stop at Buckingham Palace. The Queen borrows a book. Then she discovers the joy of reading. This book started off just okay and ended worse.
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